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2008 BMW X5

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2008 BMW X5 Problems

Engine -- Verified

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

Engine -- Verified

The low coolant light may illuminate and/or the engine may overheat as a result of a coolant leak from the water pump. The leaking pump will require replacement and the entire cooling system should be inspected for leaks as it is not uncommon to find multiple leaks on higher mileage vehicles.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and ...

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps.

Engine -- Verified

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Drive Train -- Verified

After 60,000 miles, the front outer half-shaft boots tend to tear and leak grease. In most cases, only the boot will have to be replaced; however, if it is not repaired soon enough, the half-shaft may need to be replaced. The front outer boots are put under heavy stress because of their involvement with the suspension when making turns.

2008 BMW X5 Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, February 7, 2013

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All modern vehicles use some type of power assist for the braking system. The 8 cylinder models being recalled use a vacuum pump, connected to the power booster by a vacuum hose, to provide the necessary assist. The vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the vacuum hose and this contamination could result in a loss of power assist, leading to increased stopping distances. Dealers will correct this concern by replacing the brake vacuum line with an improved version.

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2008 BMW X5 Questions and Answers

Brew City X5, 2008 BMW X5, 6 Cylinder, Waukesha, WI

An Icon that looks like a gas tank with an arrow pointing at it keeps popping up on the control panel. Can't figure out what it is for or how to turn it off.

nradloff, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, Scottsdale, AZ

57,000 miles on car. Drove car 5 miles at night and it overheated. Went home checked fluids level and it was ok. Next day, drove car 10 miles before engine overheated, again. Is this a known pro...

tetah1, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, New Milford, PA

After leaving bmw dealership i noticed moisture in headlight. I seen them using a high pressure wand near headlight. The next night my light was not working on dim or bright.My 2008 bmw x5 has 5800...

rantzmar, 2008 BMW X5, Saint Charles, MO

I have tire coupling on my BMW X5....why?

BMW X5 problems, 2008 BMW X5, 4.8L V8, Babb, MT

No air movement at all from the passenger vents in any setting mode heat or cool.

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2008 BMW X5 Reviews

When it's running,it's great.But when you have problems with it. Ether you know what your doing,when it comes to working on it yourself or have plenty $$$$$.

My x5 has been nothing but problems. It's great to drive when it's fine but it spends most of the time in the shop. Will not purchase another BMW again! Be prepared to spend a lot in repairs even if you don't go to a dealer for service. Very disappointed not to mention the lack of thought in the design. Buyer beware..


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